This is what one of the political pinhead reporters said in the Anderson newspaper.
Almost four years later, none of Arnold's promise as mayor has been fulfilled. Really???
You have some real idiots working at your paper! Since your pretty much useless reporters don't seem to have a clue whats happening here in Elwood, I will be happy to set the story straight for everyone! I tried to post all his accomplishments in their comment section but it was too long.
Accomplishments under Mayor Ron Arnold
A major focus of these past 3 years has been to increase the amount of business leads and businesses interested in locating in the City of Elwood, and I’m pleased that we have been building a base of these interested businesses, that now know Elwood is a great place to live and work in.
Elwood scored a major Home Run in 2012 when the City of Elwood Redevelopment Commission was able to acquire the former Plastech site and sell it to Warner Bodies, which resulted in:
Creating 150 new jobs right here in Elwood
And the revenue from the TIF district is expected to generate $250,000 in new revenue that will be used for more economic development projects.
In 2012 and 2013 I began a major out-reach to Japan. In 2013, I was one of a four Mayors that was invited by Governor Pence to go to Japan with him on this inaugural trip in an effort to showcase what Indiana and the City of Elwood has to offer Japanese Business and industry. During this trip we were able to continue to grow the city’s relationship with Elsa and its parent company Sakamoto Industries and put Elwood front and center for possible expansion of other Subaru suppliers in the next few years. In 2014 we were pleased to join Elsa at the ground breaking for their major facility expansion.
Late 2013 we acquired the former Indiana Michigan facility on SR 28 for future development. In 2014 we were able to sell the facility to RG Transport where it will house there expanded transportation efforts in 2015.
We have also been working on recruiting small business and have seen several new small businesses come to town such as Little Caesars and the current O’Reilly Auto Parts project along with other small businesses setting up shop in our city.
When you drive around Elwood one of the things I am most pleased about is that we are beginning to address the removal of blighted buildings and abandoned homes.
One of the best examples is the demolition of the former Fast Eddies Building on Main Street we removed an major blight in our downtown, creating green space and a building ready site, all without the use of local tax dollars.
In addition, thanks to the efforts of the City of Elwood Redevelopment Commission, and our County Commissioners especially John Richwine we have obtained the title to approximately 50 abandoned properties and have started to get demolitions or rehabs scheduled for some of these properties. Allowing these properties to be returning to the tax rolls.
Water and Waste Water
When I took office we faced a major challenge we were under an IDEM Agreed Order with an anticipated cost to our rate payers of $10 million dollars to comply with phase 1 of 4 phases. By working with a number of partners we have been able to reduce the estimated costs of this project to $7 million resulting in a $3 million dollar savings and upgrading to being able to build a new state of the art facility. In addition we have taken the waste water treatment plant from dozens of IDEM violations to 0 in 7 months’ time resulting in no fines and major savings.
We have also been able to:
Improve the city collection system, and enhanced maintenance and troubleshooting with the purchase and use of a camera truck and full staffing of our vac truck
Street sweeping program that includes all streets, enhancing appearance and removing sediment filth in the collection system.
We are working on a $50,000 planning grant to continue improvement of the combined sewer collection system.
Quality of Life
In order to attract new businesses you must have an attractive place to do business and live. We also must have a thriving parks system which is an important part of that. We have continued to make major improvements to the City of Elwood parks system including:
Reopened city pool (Mary Beth Dunnichay Aquatic Center) with enhancements to center in year 2.
New roof on main shelter house in Callaway Park
Instituted first ever tree replacement program
New Humane Shelter is being constructed with plans for Dog Park and other enhancements to revitalize 14th Street Park
Remodeled the Birch Bayh Senior Center and turned it into a true Community Center with full access to the Red Gold Patio and the Mary Beth Dunnichay Aquatic Center.
Callaway Park upgrades and enhancements: restored horseshoe pits, new drinking fountains, pathways so seniors in the Community can have access to the park, additional parking added to East end of the park, new paving throughout the park, new grills, additional water pits and electrical outlets for Glass Festival, Movies in the Park, Gospel Music in the Park, First Annual Callaway Grand Prix Go Kart race, and installed Free Wi-Fi in the park.
Another important feature for attracting new businesses to the community is good streets and thanks to the Street Department Employees and Street Commission Robertson we have been able to get almost $750,000 in new paving done in the last 21 months. I’m as equally proud of our other Street Department accomplishment including:
Worked with Norfolk Southern Railroad to have all railroad crossings repaired in Elwood
Enhanced safety with new stop signs, crosswalks, and other street signage
Through public-private partnerships we are restoring neighborhood sidewalks
This year – safe routs to school grant which allows us to put new sidewalks along 19th st and North J Street
Public safety is an area that we have seen changes for the better this past 3 years, under new Police Chief Phil Caldwell and Fire Chief Brand Compton. Improved department morale along with a number of other accomplishments we can be proud of such as:
Upgraded Vehicles and equipment for both fire and police
Police Reserve Officer Program to help keep more officers on the street
Added 2 new dogs so there is a dog on every shift
Community Policing: downtown foot patrols, business check ins, increased presence in community
Informational trailer to increase awareness of public safety
Firing range for training and qualifying
Added Spanish language Officer
Increased public communications
In addition to the things you see, there are a number of things we have accomplished that have not been as visible such as improved lighting in the city and restoration of public benches downtown. Our maintenance department has also worked to:
Replaced more than a dozen missing and damaged street lights.
Replaced standard light bulbs downtown with new LED bulbs to increase light and reduce cost
Fixed leaks in City Building roof and water issues on brick siding
Painting of Interior of City Building
New front doors to replace flawed designed original doors
We have also received donation of service for our weed and feed